Let's Explore Health Sciences!

Welcome to the Health Science Pathway

Explore careers that focus on treating patients facing illness or injury—whether to cure or rehabilitate from a condition, to maintain wellness, or to provide comfort or palliative care to persons dealing with incurable conditions. This pathway prepares students for diverse roles from occupational therapy aides to family medicine physicians, equipping them with the skills necessary to support health and wellness.

Careers Within the Industry

From providing direct patient care to managing health information, careers in Health Science offer a wide array of opportunities to make a significant impact on people's lives. Here are some exciting career paths you can explore:

Family Medicine Physicians

Family Medicine Physicians diagnose, treat, and provide preventive care to individuals and families across the lifespan. They manage a wide range of acute and chronic medical conditions.

Athletic Trainers

Athletic Trainers specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating muscle and bone injuries and illnesses.

Medical Assistants

Medical Assistants take and record vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.

Orderlies

Orderlies transport patients, clean treatment areas, and provide basic patient care under the direction of nursing staff.

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)

LPNs provide basic nursing care, monitor patient health, and assist with daily activities under the supervision of registered nurses and doctors.

Massage Therapists

Massage Therapists treat clients by using touch to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body to relieve pain, help heal injuries, improve circulation, and relieve stress.

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs)

EMTs respond to emergency calls, perform medical services, and transport patients to medical facilities.

Chiropractors

Chiropractors assess, diagnose, and treat disorders of the spine and other parts of the musculoskeletal system. They provide treatment through manual adjustment and manipulation of the spine.

Health Science Careers in Action

Jocelyn Garcia knows the importance of healthcare, having grown up in an area with no nearby hospital. After moving to Portland, and visiting OSHU for an appointment, she knew one day she wanted to be helping people in the same place.

Brian Schaudt is a physical therapist for Wheeler and Gilliam Counties in Oregon. As the only physical therapist in the remote area, he’s proud to keep patients from making a four-hour round trip for care.

Eddie is a dentist at the Virginia Garcia Memorial Hospital in Hillsboro, Oregon. He knew he wanted to be a dentist since he was eight-years old, but after learning of his undocumented status, he also knew the journey wouldn’t be easy.

Jessica West is a health and sciences teacher at Henley High School. She teaches students about opportunities in the health and medical field. West loves living in a small town where everyone knows each other and community ties are strong.

Is This Career Path Right for You?

If you enjoy following guidelines precisely and meeting strict standards, making decisions based on logic and information, helping sick people and animals, or working as a team member, a career in Health Science might be perfect for you. This pathway is ideal for those who are caring, compassionate, good listeners, good at following directions, and conscientious and careful.

Essential Interests:

  • Enjoy following guidelines precisely and meeting strict standards
  • Interested in making decisions based on logic and information
  • Passionate about helping sick people and animals
  • Like working as a team member

Essential Skills:

  • Strong caring and compassion
  • Good listening and following directions
  • Conscientiousness and carefulness

Essential Knowledge:

  • Understanding of biological sciences and chemistry
  • Knowledge of math and occupational health
  • Familiarity with language arts

Career Planning Action Plan​

Get prepared for a career in health science!

STEP 1: start by taking classes in any of the following subject areas:

  • Biological Sciences: study the science of living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, and evolution.
  • Language Arts: improve skills in reading, writing, and communication.
  • Chemistry: learn about the substances of which matter is composed, their properties, and reactions.
  • Math: develop skills in numerical analysis and problem-solving.
  • Occupational Health: study the promotion and maintenance of physical and mental health in the workplace.

STEP 2: explore and plan your career path:

  • Meet with your advisor to discuss your interests.
  • Identify relevant classes and dual-credit opportunities.
  • Explore community activities for skill-building.
  • Research jobs on the Quality Info Website.

STEP 3: assess and refine your career goals:

  • Create a career and college plan with your advisor.
  • Complete the interest profile, skills assessment, and reality check on the Oregon CIS Website.
  • Watch Career Journey Videos to gain insights from industry professionals.

Meet Sassy, Your Career Exploration Guide

Sassy helps Oregon middle and high school students explore career and trade pathways.

Health Science Careers in Oregon

Career Planning

High-demand Jobs in Oregon

Here are three careers in high demand right now in Oregon.

Registered Nurses

Education: Bachelor's Degree

Annual Average Wage: $102,180

Duties: Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records.

Why it's in demand: With the increasing need for healthcare services, registered nurses are essential for providing high-quality patient care and managing healthcare facilities.

Physical Therapists

Education: Doctoral or Professional Degree

Annual Average Wage: $89,000

Duties: Help injured or ill people improve movement and manage pain through physical methods such as exercise, massage, and other therapies.

Why it's in demand: With a growing focus on rehabilitation and chronic pain management, physical therapists are in high demand to provide effective treatment and improve patients' quality of life.

Home Health Aides

Education: Less than High School to Postsecondary Training

Annual Average Wage: $34,332

Duties: Provide routine individualized healthcare such as changing bandages and dressing wounds, and applying topical medications at the patient’s home or in a care facility.

Why it's in demand: As the population ages, the demand for home health aides to assist with daily living and medical care continues to rise.

Essential Student Links for Further Exploration

Career OneStop

Career OneStop Take this 30-question interest assessment to help you match your interests with exciting careers.

Link to Interest Assessment | Career OneStop
Career Journeys

Career Journeys Watch young Oregonians in high-demand trades share their career journeys and give you a window into their workday.

Watch the Career Journeys Stories
Oregon Career Pathways

Oregon Career Pathways: Explore career pathways through the Oregon Employment Department to understand the education and training needed for different occupations. Learn which jobs are in highest demand and what they pay.

Oregon Career Pathways
Oregon Department of Education Career Exploration

Community & Workforce Training: The Business and Management Career Learning Area focuses on the business and entrepreneurial needs of Oregon’s students as they prepare to enter and succeed in the world of business. The careers in this area span virtually every industry in the world.

Oregon Department of Education Business and Management Page
The Oregon Career Information System (CIS)

The Oregon Career Information System (CIS): provides a system of occupational and educational information to help Oregonians learn about the world of work and education. We work with schools, colleges, social agencies, and businesses who provide career guidance and employee development services. They use CIS products with their students, clients, customers, and employees to assist them with the process of career planning or career transition.

The Oregon Career Information System (CIS)

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